List of cities in Virginia

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This is a complete list of cities in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States.

Since 1871, all cities in Virginia have been independent cities, which are administratively independent of any county. As of 2012, there are 38 independent cities, which are considered county-equivalents for census purposes. Many towns are as large as cities, but are not incorporated as cities and are situated within a parent county or counties. Eight independent cities had 2010 populations of less than 10,000 with the smallest, Norton, having a population of only 3958.[1] In 2010, the largest towns were Blacksburg (with 42,620 people) and Leesburg (42,616). Four other towns also had populations of over 10,000 souls.[1] For a complete list of these towns, see List of towns in Virginia. For major unincorporated population centers, see List of unincorporated towns in Virginia.

Virginia's independent cities were classified by the Virginia General Assembly in 1871 as cities of the first class and cities of the second class.[2] The Virginia Constitution of 1902 included defined first class cities as those having a population of 10,000 or more based upon the last census enumeration while second class cities were those that had a population of less than 10,000.[2] Cities which previously been granted a city charter, but did not have the requisite population, had their status grandfathered in.[2] Second class did not have a court of record and were required to share the cost of that court with their adjacent county and also shared the cost for three constitutional officers of that court—generally, the clerk, commonwealth attorney and sheriff—and those shared officers stood for election in both the city and the county.[2] At least two constitutional officers—treasurer and commissioner of the revenue—were required to be elected solely by the residents of the city.[2] The distinction between first and second class cities was ended with the Virginia Constitution of 1971.[2] However, cities that were classified as second class cities at the time of the adoption of the 1971 Virginia Constitution were authorized to continue sharing their court system and three constitutional officers with the adjacent county.[2] As of 2003, 14 of Virginia's independent cities retain these features.[2]

Virginia counties and independent cities

Pop.
rank
Independent CityPopulation
in 2010 [3]
1Virginia Beach447,021
2Norfolk245,782
3Chesapeake228,417
4Richmond210,309
5Newport News180,726
6Alexandria146,294
7Hampton136,836
8Roanoke97,469
9Portsmouth96,470
10Suffolk85,181
11Lynchburg77,113
12Harrisonburg50,981
13Charlottesville43,956
14Danville42,996
15Manassas40,605
16Petersburg31,973
17Fredericksburg27,307
18Winchester26,881
19Salem24,970
20Staunton23,921
21Fairfax23,461
22Hopewell22,348
23Waynesboro21,107
24Bristol17,662
25Colonial Heights17,479
26Radford16,685
27Manassas Park15,798
28Williamsburg15,167
29Martinsville13,733
30Falls Church13,229
31Poquoson12,097
32Franklin8,528
33Lexington6,998
34Galax6,908
35Buena Vista6,707
36Covington5,771
37Emporia5,740
38Norton4,068

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Population and Area of All Virginia Local Governments, 1790-2010". Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development website. 19 April 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Former Second Class Cities in Virginia". Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development website. 19 April 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  3. ^ http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/census/profile/VA

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